SAN DIEGO, August 21, 2013 – In honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, NBC News announced Wednesday it will reach into its video library and offer for airing the August 25, 1963 edition of “Meet the Press,” featuring interviews with Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins.
King joined “Meet the Press” three days prior to delivering his “I Have A Dream” speech to discuss the march’s call for civil rights legislation, jobs, freedom, and social equality.
“‘Meet the Press’ Special Edition: Remembering the Dream” will offer the original interview with King and Wilkins unedited and in its entirety beginning Sunday, August 25 (50 years later to the day) in conjunction with a full hour of “Meet the Press” dedicated to the anniversary.
“Dr. King’s message resonates as strongly today as it did 50 years ago,” said MTP moderator David Gregory. “This Sunday, we will relive this powerful moment in our nation’s history through the lens of the ‘Meet the Press’ archives as we reflect on the state of the American dream.”
“For over 65 years, ‘Meet the Press’ has been a key part of the conversation during moments of national importance,“ said Rob Yarin, executive producer.“ Our distinguished history allows us to draw from the past to inform and enrich our audience today. We look forward to sharing this meaningful broadcast with our viewers again.”
The original three networks have a treasure trove of historic broadcasts such as this edition of “Meet The Press” in their archives. With the ability to offer these resources via online video or multiple cable outlets, it would be marvelous if NBC along with CBS and ABC would make these programs available more often. These shows might air in conjunction with significant historical dates and anniversaries, or when political and cultural events suggest a look into history might be enlightening or entertaining.
“‘Meet the Press’ Special Edition: Remembering the Dream” will air on the ten television stations owned by NBC in major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Diego, San Francisco/Oakland, Dallas-Ft. Worth and Miami, as well as New England Cable News. Numerous NBC affiliates are also expected to air this special edition. Check your local listings for exact times. In most areas, this 30-minute program will air either immediately before or after the Sunday broadcast of “Meet the Press.”
“We are proud to offer viewers from across all of our markets this very special episode of ‘Meet the Press.’ This program is such a unique glance into history unfolding just days before the 1963 March on Washington and the now famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “To see an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King is a rare opportunity that I know our viewers will greatly appreciate and want to share with their families.”
The full broadcast will be available online at www.MeetThePressNBC.com following the television airing.
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